Saturday, September 11, 2010

A Day to Remember

A couple of weeks ago, someone who stumbled across this blog invited me to participate in a meme called Sepia Saturday.  The idea is to post vintage pictures.  As it happens, I have approximately eleventy billion vintage pictures.  And, since this is the first Saturday that I was able to participate, I sat down to pick through them and find a few to share.  I'm thinking that this being September 11 and all, it would be good to honor the folks in my family who've fought to protect their country.  Here they are...

This is my brother,  who served during the Vietnam war.  According to family legend, he was the only survivor from his squad.  I don't know if this is actually true, because as far as I know, he never spoke about his time there. 

This is my dad, who served as an aircraft mechanic during WWII.  He was fresh out of high school at the time.  I love how much alike they look in these photos, taken  at least 25 years apart.

And this is my grandpa (on Mom's side, no relation to the guys above).  He's the scrawny little guy on the front left.  As far as I can tell, he was a tank gunner during WWII -- probably because he fit.

Thankfully, all 3 of them made it home safely -- unlike many of their friends and fellow soldiers.  So today, just a moment of thanks for Dad, Grandpa and my brother, all of the soldiers who fought by their sides, those who came before them, and those who followed in their footsteps.  May their sacrifices never be in vain.


  1. wonderful photos to have, they are all lovely but I especially love the one of your father, I love his expression and his relaxed pose, no wonder your mother chose him ;-)

  2. There certainly is a family likeness. Thank God that all survived.. or you would not be telling us their story!

  3. Great photos, Paula! I have a soft spot for our troops and veterans, so your post was extra special for me. Thanks so much for sharing with us.

  4. Your dad looks almost playful in the photo above. Love it. Yes, I can see a family resemblance. Great photos. My thanks to your men for serving our country. And glad to see you on Sepia Saturday.

  5. I am glad you did a post this week. I just knew you would fit right in after looking through your blog that day. I missed it this week but will be back posting an old family photo next Saturday.

  6. Your dad and brother look just alike ! And your grandfather looks waaay too young to be a tank gunner or to be in the war at all.

  7. a fine selection you've made, for this day, or any other day, as their efforts and sacrifices should never be forgotten.
    good show for a first timer.
    you're out to impress i see,
    and duly so...

  8. cool pics.....your brother was one of eleven that made it out from his platoon.